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Drug Conviction - Loan Eligibility

Posted: Fri May 21, 2010 9:14 am
by BeachedBrit
If I have a prior drug conviction for misdemeanor Marijuana possession (1/2 oz - 1 1/2 oz so the more serious of my state's Marijuana misdemeanors for possession) and am not a US citizen, only a permanent resident, how would that affect my eligibility for the various typical forms of financial aid and loans (Stafford, GradPlus etc.) and is there anything I can do to restore the eligibility lost with the drug conviction?

Thanks for the help

Re: Drug Conviction - Loan Eligibility

Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 7:09 pm
by chicagolaw2013
If I'm not mistaken, I think drug convictions in particular make you ineligible for loans (I remember answering some sort of question like this on the FAFSA).

As you aren't a citizen, I feel like this would put even more strikes against you. No offense or anything...

Re: Drug Conviction - Loan Eligibility

Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 7:17 pm
by cartercl
chicagolaw2013 wrote:If I'm not mistaken, I think drug convictions in particular make you ineligible for loans (I remember answering some sort of question like this on the FAFSA).

As you aren't a citizen, I feel like this would put even more strikes against you. No offense or anything...


Actually, I think you have to have gotten the drug conviction while receiving federal aid. I have a friend who was convicted of distribution of a controlled substance (Schedule I) before he started college and he receives aid. But I could be wrong...

Re: Drug Conviction - Loan Eligibility

Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 7:22 pm
by chicagolaw2013
cartercl wrote:
chicagolaw2013 wrote:If I'm not mistaken, I think drug convictions in particular make you ineligible for loans (I remember answering some sort of question like this on the FAFSA).

As you aren't a citizen, I feel like this would put even more strikes against you. No offense or anything...


Actually, I think you have to have gotten the drug conviction while receiving federal aid. I have a friend who was convicted of distribution of a controlled substance (Schedule I) before he started college and he receives aid. But I could be wrong...


Thanks for the clarification. Yeah, I just knew there was some drug-related question on there. You could totally be right.

Re: Drug Conviction - Loan Eligibility

Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 7:27 pm
by Billy Blanks
Here it says you must be 1) an eligible noncitizen (since you're not a citizen), and 2) "Not have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, loans, or work-study)." The previous poster already pointed out (2), I just wanted to lend it some weight. You didn't mention whether you were receiving aid at the time of your conviction, but assuming not, you should be good on that count.

As far as (1) is concerned it doesn't make this explicit. However, looking at the rest of the list makes me think you must have a Social Security Number, at the least.

Good luck.